Frequently Asked Questions
We've been on the phone with Fedex and UPS all morning and we've come to the conclusion that yes, we can.
The price of shipping itself is nearly the same as the US so we'll cover the shipping.
There will be a 10% duty/tax due when you get your machine. For instance, if you pay $1999 for the machine, it'll be a $199 tax due.
If you're OK with this, we'd love to have you as a backer. Go ahead and pledge a machine!
Please note the import duty can be as low as 5%, to BC for example, to as high as 12% to Saskatchewan.Last updated:
Jorge is going to be looking into international shipping this week. If you'd like to email him with your address then we'll look into the specifics for your country. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )Last updated:
The included cutters are standard 1/8" shank carbide mills. We've got a US supplier to make whatever we need from US carbide blanks so ours should be really high quality and have a long life.
The spindle is ER-11 and comes with an 1/8" collet. If you want a 1/4" collet, or a metric collet, then it's a really quick thing to change and it's a standard part. We will probably offer alternatives on our store after Kickstarter but they're even available on Amazon.Last updated:
The table has holes for dowel pins and threaded holes.
We'll be providing sacrificial plates that you can tape down material to as well as jigs to clamp material and flip it for 2-side machining while still keeping alignment.
We'll likely develop a more traditional vise too.
For all of the machining in the video, Apollo used double side tape and a sacrificial plate.
Once we ship, we'll document the hole locations on the table so you can develop your own jigs if desiredLast updated:
No, but it does look like it. The spindle motor is a 3-phase brushless motor with hall effect feedback. It is in a NEMA17 body but it is absolutely NOT a stepper motor.
We used a brushless motor to reduce wear and to get better power output in a small package. Hidden in the back of the cabinet is a custom driver board for that motor that we built from the ground up because a brushless motor is much more complicated to drive than a stepper or a DC motor.
For a small machine, that brushless spindle motor is a small, high performance, low noise way to go.Last updated:
There are two pieces of software included with your machine. One piece of software will convert your 3D models into a file format The Nomad 883 can understand (MeshCAM), the other will send the converted information to your machine (Carbide Motion).
The Nomad 883 ships with MeshCAM to turn your 3D part into something a CNC mill can work with. Simply import one of the supported file formats and follow the wizard to generate your gcode.
Carbide Motion controls your machine. From Carbide Motion you can do all required actions to operate the Nomad 883 including home, start, pause, and stop the machine. Carbide Motion also sends your gcode files to the machine to be cut.Last updated:
Final pricing is still being determined, but it will be somewhere in the $2299 - $2499 range.Last updated:
Nothing! The Nomad 883 comes fully assembled and ready to run. You need to install the included software on your Mac or PC, plug in the power cord and the USB cable, and you are ready to go.Last updated:
The Nomad 883 will work natively with your mac. No need to install or run Windows. Period.Last updated:
The Nomad 883 comes with MeshCAM, a fully featured 3D CAM program. MeshCAM can import STL, DXF, BMP, JPG, PNG, and TIFF file formats. If your CAD or image program can export one of those files types (most can) then you are good to go.
MeshCAM has been tested to work with the following:
- Pro E
- Autodesk Inventor
- GIMP 2Last updated:
The Nomad 883 has been tested with:
Tooling boards (Renshape)
Steel and hard metals won’t work.Last updated:
The Nomad 883 uses a custom spindle and speed control designed and built specifically for the machine. The spindle speed can range from 1000RPM to 12000RPM with constant power.Last updated:
The Nomad 883 uses an ER-11A collet system on the spindle. ER-11A collets can accommodate shanks ranging from 1/32" to 5/16". The Nomad 883 will ship with an 1/8" collet and 1/8" shank bits. ER-11A is a non-proprietary form factor so collets and bits can be purchased through our own store or from a variety of retailers such as amazon, mcmaster, or grainger.Last updated:
Feeds and speeds are dependent on several factors such as material hardness and bit type. For common materials and bit sizes we will be providing a basic speed and feed chart for use as a starting point when machining a new material.Last updated:
The Nomad 883 comes with fixturing to make both single and double sided milling operations as pain free as possible. More details about fixturing will be available as we get closer to finalizing the design.Last updated:
The Nomad 883 uses 125oz/in Nema17 motors. These motors are matched to the size/speed/capability of the entire machine and have proven to be well suited for all of the materials The Nomad is capable of cutting.Last updated:
No. The Nomad 883 plugs directly into regular line power, just like your computer.Last updated:
All bearings on the machines are sealed and should never need re-lubricated. Occasionally wiping down the rails with a soft, debris-free cloth will help maintain smooth travel. Vacuuming up debris after a job is done will keep your machine clean and prevent any accidental buildup of material around the inside of the work area.Last updated:
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